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Sugar Grove Village Board approves Chelsea Commons Senior Living apartment building

SUGAR GROVE – The final planned unit development for the proposed Chelsea Commons Senior Living apartment building, a 40-unit senior residential apartment building, was approved by the Village Board at its meeting Nov. 21.

Village Board trustees Sean Herron and David Paluch voted against the planned unit development.

Chelsea Commons will be located at 55 Chelsea Ave. at the southeast corner of Chelsea Avenue and Sugar Grove Parkway.

Community Development Director Walter Magdziarz described the age restriction for Chelsea Commons.

"Bear Development submitted their final plan," Magdziarz said. "The plan will move from a B1 [Business] district to an SR Senior Residential district. The age restriction for this zoning only allows seniors 50 years plus, but Bear is implementing a stricter restriction for a B-restriction recorded against the property of 62 years plus."

Adam Templer, vice president of Bear Development, was present at the meeting to address any questions from the Village Board and several residents who attended the meeting. Templer addressed concerns brought up at the Nov. 7 meeting about future tenants of Chelsea Commons having younger adults and children living with them.

"The average age for seniors will be 73," Templer said. "They don't want kids or adult children living there. We've done this a lot. We've managed thousands of buildings. Will there be a bad apple in there? Yes, that could be. We are a professional development. We will manage it."

Templer went on to mention that the facility will not have an on-site live-in manager but someone will be present on site for 30 hours a week.

Residents in attendance brought up landscape and traffic as topics of discussion.

Sugar Grove resident Jenn Morehouse showed apprehension toward the privacy current residents will have and the possibility of increased traffic due to the apartment building.

"What privacy do the bushes provide?" Morehouse said. "There are maples, an oak, silver linden and a crab apple that will drop more leaves. Who's going to clean them up?"

Outside of the meeting, Morehouse described the current traffic concerns she has.

"At Cross Road and Chelsea Avenue, there are two yield signs," Morehouse said. "I can think of two to three cars that don't yield. They run through and hit Cross [Road] to leave the subdivision. There are two bus stops, one in front of a home daycare that my son goes to and one more toward Cross. My house is on the corner, and I watch them fly through. They don't slow down. I love older people, but I feel like they're going to be hesitant, and there will be an accident with 17 to 19-year-olds whipping around."

Magdziarz mentioned to Village President Sean Michels, the Village Board could add a condition to the ordinance that would allow the board to manage the planting of landscape based on residents' concerns. Michels agreed to adding the condition.

"Landscape won't go up for a while," Michels said. "We could approve the plan but work toward addressing the residents concerns about the landscaping."

It was mentioned during the meeting that the Village Board and Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger will look into residents' worries regarding traffic.

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